Posted May 28th 2012 9:30AM
One creative family in the UK has found a new way to curb speeding. Shelia Hodgkinson and her son, Christopher, put up a scarecrow dressed as a police officer. The dummy wears a high-visibility vest, toy officer hat and wields a hair dryer for a radar gun. Amusingly, it also sports a printout of Jeremy Clarkson's face for a head.
The ruse has been surprisingly effective at slowing drivers as they pass through the village of West Mickley. Neighbors say the scarecrow looks realistic enough, and so do some drivers, who admit it resulted in them cooling their jets as they pass through the village, which has a 48 kilometre per hour (30 mph) speed limit. (Some also slow down just to gawk at the creation.)
You can check out the Clarkson scarecrow for yourselves over at BBC News.